On May 7, 2016, a 40-year-old man named Joshua Brown was hit by a Tesla Model S electric car on highway 27A near Williston, Florida, in a fatal traffic accident with a towed trailer. .After three years, another Tesla owner, 50-year-old Jeremy Beren Banner, who drove a Tesla Model 3 on a highway in Florida, experienced the same type of fatal accident.
(Photos from: NHTSA, via TheVerge)
According to official reports, Model 3 collided with a trailer crossing the road, and the tragic accident caused the roof to be completely cut off.
The researchers found that the two incidents had many similarities – at the time of the incident, the two owners turned on Tesla's advanced Autopilot autopilot help technology.
As explained by the Society of Automotive Engineers, a feature of the Tesla L2 driver combines adaptive cruise control, track maintenance, automatic parking and lane replacement.
Tesla claims to have one of the safest systems on the road, but two lives have caused outsiders to expand, arguing that the company has ignored serious technical weaknesses.
It must be pointed out that the S model and Model 3 with fatal accidents are actually equipped with different fundamental schemes.
Model S, driven by Brown, uses technology from Israeli startup Mobileye, which was later acquired by Intel. The accident was also a reason for Tesla to part with him.
The Model 3, which is driven by Banner, is equipped with a second generation Autopilot solution developed by Tesla.
Lessons from accidents show that even though Tesla claimed that his Autopilot technology was quite advanced, that was not enough to deal with some extreme conditions that were not unusual.
Until now, Tesla's computer-based camera vision recognition system has not been able to accurately identify & # 39; white trucks with bright sky backgrounds.
Unfortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) finally determined that Brown needed to be responsible for negligent observations and to let Tesla withdraw.
Because the owner set the control system to cruise to 74 mph 2 minutes before two cars collided. But before he finally found and hit a truck, he actually had at least 7 seconds of reaction time.
As for the fatal accident experienced by Banner, federal investigators have not reached a conclusion. However, in the initial report released on May 15, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) stated:
Banner activates the Autopilot about 10 seconds before the collision, but 10 seconds before the accident, the vehicle does not detect that the driver has placed his hand on the steering wheel, so that it reaches a speed of 68 mph.